Nigro Companies hopes to purchase Jarden Plant property

TUPPER LAKE An Albany-based company confirmed last week that it has entered into negotiations with the Village of Tupper Lake to purchase the Jarden Plastic Solutions plant. Nigro Companies, a commerical developer that specializes in the development of shopping centers throughout the region, has expressed interest in purchasing the recently defunct plant to build a structure that could potentially host a large retail outlet. The Jarden plant is located on Demars Boulevard. A spokesperson for Nigro Companies said that a number of possible tenants are being considered for the property that shut down Sunday, May 18. Approximately 70 employees lost their jobs as a result of the closure. {Steve Powers} from Nigro said he had been working with Jarden to secure the property, said Tupper Lake Mayor Mickey Desmarais. I had actually spoken with him last fall, and he asked me then if there was any property in or around the village. He was looking for something around 15 acres. In March, negotiations with Jarden Plastic Solutions to keep the plant open came to a stand-still, despite efforts by Sen. Betty Little and the Franklin County IDA. Desmarais noted that the village was approved for a $700,000 loan that would help the plant stay in business. We found out that they werent interested, he added. We worked hard to keep Jarden here. Upon learning that Jarden would leave, the village board drafted and sent a letter to Wal-Mart, expressing that Tupper Lake would be open to establishing a store at the plants site. That letter was sent April 7. I had talked to Steve about a month ago, added Desmarais. He said that we might land a larger retailer. According to Desmarais, the villages main priority since the announcement of the closure has been to fill the employement vacancy. He noted that while some of the employees may have moved on, others with stronger roots to the community might not have that choice. Tupper Lake is a more sensitive issue, said Desmarais. Weve got a lot of people who are out of jobs, thats our main concern this is a tough time.

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